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Clash Erupts Between PKK, Hashd al-Shaabi near Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-09-22 18:04
SINJAR — Armed clashes erupted on Friday between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Shi’ite Arab militias of the pro-Iraqi government Hashd al-Shaabi near Sinjar in the north of Iraq, leaving three people killed. Peshmerga Commander in the area, ...

Barzani: Referendum Now Lies in People's Hands

BAS News - 2017-09-22 17:28
ERBIL— Most of the authorities who currently rule the Iraqi government have the same mentality of exterminating the people of Kurdistan, said Kurdistan Region President on Friday, emphasizing that the people of Kurdistan refuse living within Iraqi border ...

3,000 Mosques in Kurdistan Deliver Pro-Independence Sermons

BAS News - 2017-09-22 16:02
ERBIL— Only three days ahead of holding the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region, 3,014 mosques across Kurdistan dedicated their Friday sermons to supporting the independence vote. The Official Board of Religious Sermons at the Kurdista ...

Yezidis Rally in Support of Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-22 15:12
DUHOK — The Kurdish Yezidi community organized on Friday a rally in Khanke camp in Duhok Province in support of Kurdistan Region’s independence. Khisho Mirza, head of Yezidis’ Lalish Centre in Sinjar region, told BasNews that the Kurdish Yezidis in Khank ...

Ministry Refutes Expected Sanction on Kurdistan Mobile Communication

BAS News - 2017-09-22 15:12
ERBIL— Should Baghdad decide to impose sanctions on the mobile communication in the Kurdistan Region, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) can intervene and annul the sanction, said the spokesperson of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Min ...

Turkish jets continue striking Kurdistan Region territories

Waar Media - 2017-09-22 14:35
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkish fighter jets bombarded the villages located on the outskirt of Mount Qandil on Thursday evening, allegedly targeting the presence of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Local sources reported the Turkish military jets bombed several areas ...

Barzani: We Won’t Accept Open Agenda As Alternative to Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-22 14:09
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the alternative to the September 25th independence referendum would only be a UN mandated solution, with a prescribed agenda and timeline. The majority of the international community has underes ...

4 key points about the Kurdistan independence vote

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
Last June, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq set September 25 as the date for a referendum on Kurdish independence. At the time, the decision received almost no notice. Now, with September 25 less than a week away, the Iraqi governm ...

Emmanuel Macron urges Barzani to postpone Kurdish polls

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani to back down on the plan to hold referendum on the region's independence, planned for September 25. ...

Masrour Barzani: Kurds Seek Peace, But Won't Surrender

BAS News - 2017-09-22 10:33
ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani said that they expect the world to recognize all what the Kurds have done for them, in reference to the war against Islamic State (IS). “I think that we have done for the ...

Two Prisoners Hanged on Drug-related Charges in Qazvin Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-09-22 02:00
Two prisoners were hanged on drug-related charges at Choubidar Prison of Qazvin on Sept 20, 2017. The prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement in Qazvin prison a day before their execution. Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN) has identified th ...

Prime Minister Barzani meets Italian Ambassador to Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-22 00:03
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received Marco Carnelos, Italian Ambassador to Iraq, accompanied by a military and diplomatic delegation. The two sides discussed the military situation in the region, coor ...

Turkish Jets Strike Northern Kurdistan Region Areas

BAS News - 2017-09-21 22:31
ERBIL — Turkish fighter jets bombarded the villages located on the outskirt of Mount Qandil on Thursday evening, allegedly targeting the presence of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Local sources reported the Turkish military jets bombed several areas in ...

Barzani to Macron: Referendum Will Not Be Postponed

BAS News - 2017-09-21 18:43
ERBIL— There will be no changes to Kurdistan independence referendum, Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani told French president on Thursday. In a phone call today, French President Emmanuel Macron commended Kurdistan Region's role in the battle aga ...

KRG condemns Turkish airstrikes killing 7 civilians in Duhok province

Waar Media - 2017-09-21 18:21
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Regional government has condemned the killing of seven civilians by Turkish airstrikes that happened on Tuesday in a village in Duhok Province, about 150 kilometers northwest of Erbil. “We as the Kurdistan Regional Government co ...

KRG’s FM: We have realised that we have no future in Iraq

Waar Media - 2017-09-21 18:21
WAAR-DUHOK: The Kurdistan Region is determined to hold the independence referendum as scheduled for 25th September as it believes that it has no future within the current borders of Iraq, a senior official said. “We have realised that we have no future, ...

Referendum Council: Kurdistan Goes Ahead with Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-21 18:07
ERBIL— The Senior Referendum Council of the Kurdistan Region on Thursday convened and agreed that the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan Region should take place as scheduled. The meeting, chaired by Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani ...

Longest Kurdistan Flag to Be Displayed Friday

BAS News - 2017-09-21 17:27
ERBIL— A Kurdish lawyer from the Kurdistan Region has made the longest ever Kurdistan flag which is probably the longest ever flag in the world, too. Some 1,000 people will help to display the flag in Erbil, in front of the famous Machko Teahouse on Frid ...

Kurdish Film Director to Return Home for Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-21 15:56
Huner Saleem, a famous Iraqi–Kurdish film director who lives in France, will return home for taking part in the upcoming referendum on independence. Due to the atrocities of the then Iraq regime under Saddam Hussein, Saleem left Kurdistan at the age of 1 ...

US Senate Advances Bill to Aid Christian IDPs in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-21 14:30
ERBIL — The United States is working on a bill to step up its support to the Iraqi Christians who have been subject to violent actions and genocide. On September 19th, Senate's Foreign Relations Committee voted on the bill in hopes of moving it closer to ...

Iraqi Army Seeking Coordination with Peshmerga for Hawija Assault

BAS News - 2017-09-21 13:58
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Command has received an official request from the Iraqi army’s join operations to establish a special line of military coordinations for the Hawija assault, a Kurdish commander said. Cited by the Iraqi media, Wasta Ra ...

Iran: 4 Kurds Detained for Hoisting Kurdistan Flag

BAS News - 2017-09-21 13:19
ERBIL — Iranian security forces have detained four Kurdish citizens after they were found planting the Kurdistan flags in several locations around a village in Sanandaj province. According to Hangaw, a human rights monitoring group, the four civilians we ...

Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum Certain to Happen: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-21 13:19
ERBIL — A member of the Kurdistan Region’s Referendum Council said that they will continue the dialogue with Baghdad over the disputes, reiterating that the independence vote will be held on time. Mohamad Elkhani, a member of Kurdistan’s High Referendum ...

Kurdish delegation to visit Baghdad ahead of referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-21 12:04
A delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad within the following two days to hold another discussion over pending disputes and the imminent independence referendum of the region, set for September 25. ...

Kurdistan Has No Future in Iraq: FM

BAS News - 2017-09-21 11:44
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Region is determined to hold the independence referendum as scheduled for 25th September as it believes that it has no future within the current borders of Iraq, a senior official said. “We have realised that we have no future, what ...

Iran, Iraq and Turkey reiterate opposition to Kurdistan Referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-21 10:52
Foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Iraq have held trilateral talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York where the three sides reiterated their countries opposition to the planned referendum of the Iraqi northern region of Kurdistan, ...

US 'strongly opposes' Kurdistan region referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-21 07:29
The U.S. State Department late Wednesday issued a strongly-worded statement opposing plans by Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to hold an independence referendum next week. ...

Cockburn: Barzani Artık Geri Adım Atamaz

Kurdistan Post - 2017-09-21 03:03
Irak Kürdistan Bölgesel Yönetimi’nin (IKBY) 25 Eylül’de düzenlemeyi planladığı bağımsızlık referandumu dünya basınının da bir numaralı gündem maddesi. The Independent gazetesi, deneyimli Ortadoğu muhabiri Patrick Cockburn’ün kaleminden bir analiz yayımla ...

Kurdistan Delegation to Visit Baghdad Prior to Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-21 01:16
ERBIL — A delegation from the Kurdistan Region will visit Baghdad within the following two days to hold another discussion over pending disputes and the imminent independence referendum. According to a statement by Kurdistan Region Presidency, the decisi ...

Turkish Ex-Minister Says Kurdistan Referendum Would not Lead to War

BAS News - 2017-09-21 01:16
ERBIL — Former Turkish Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that Turkey would not view the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum as a reason for war. According to Yasar Yakis, former FM and one of the founders of the ruling Justice and Development Par ...

Kurdistan: Number of Civilian Casualties in Turkish Airstrikes Reached 9

BAS News - 2017-09-21 00:28
DUHOK — The Turkish airstrikes on Kurdistan Region territories overnight Tuesday has costed the lives of nine people, all of whom are said to be civilians. Citing a local official earlier on Wednesday, BasNews reported that three people have lost their l ...

KRG Decries Turkish Airstrikes Which Killed Several Civilians

BAS News - 2017-09-21 00:28
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government issued on Wednesday an official statement to condemn recent Turkish airstrikes which took the lives of seven civilians in Duhok Province. According to the statement, the victims had visited the suburb areas of Sh ...

EU Parliamentary Group Seeks New Policies on Kurdistan’ Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-20 23:55
ERBIL — The European Friends of Kurdistan in the European Parliament has called on the EU Council to “develop a new strategy” in regards to the Kurdistan Region’s planned independence referendum and its relations with Iraq. “For more than a century, the ...

Erbil, Baghdad May Meet Again

BAS News - 2017-09-20 20:15
ERBIL — Delegations from Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government will meet again to discuss their disputes and a planned independence vote in the Kurdistan Region, an official said. The sides are expected to meet in the following few days, according to ...

No Plan Yet to Include Peshmerga in Hawija Assault: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-20 19:19
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has said that there is no agreement yet to include the Peshmerga forces in an imminent military operation to liberate Hawija from Islamic State (IS). The Secretary General for Peshmerga Ministry, Jabbar Yaw ...

How to Mitigate the Risks of Iraqi Kurdistan's Referendum

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-20 16:46
A century-long quest for an independent Kurdistan has encouraged Iraqi Kurds to exploit Iraq’s ongoing crises and schedule a referendum on 25 September 2017. But the referendum is more a reflection of Iraq’s disorder than the Kurds’ readiness for stateho ...

Barzani visits Sulaimani as a part of Kurdistan Independence rally

Waar Media - 2017-09-20 15:01
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani is expected to address a rally for Kurdistan’s independence on Wednesday evening with the organizers preparing for a high turnout. President Barzani has already arrived in the city and met with senior offici ...

Pictures: Pro-Independence Gathering in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2017-09-20 14:37
SULAYMANIYAH — A huge number of pro-independence people from Sulaymaniyah gathered on Wednesday to show support to the imminent independence vote in Kurdistan Region. Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, who arrived in the city earlier today, is sa ...

Baghdad Hands Hawija Operation Plan to Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-09-20 13:55
KIRKUK — Iraqi government has presented the plan for Hawija operation to the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Peshmerga, said a Peshmerga commander. Wasta Rasoul, Commander of Peshmerga Forces in southern Kirkuk front, told BasNews “An Iraqi military deleg ...

Four Civilians Killed in Turkey’s Anti-PKK Airstrikes in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-20 13:55
DUHOK — Turkish fighter jets carried out overnight on Tuesday multiple airstrikes allegedly to target the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas, but they left four civilians dead in Kurdistan Region’s Duhok Province. Head of Sheladze Local Administra ...

Barzani playing with fire: Turkish Deputy PM

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 13:00
Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Sept. 20 issued another warning from Turkey to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the independence referendum slated for later this week, saying KRG President Masoud Barzani is “playing with fire.” ...

KRG’s Ministry of Agriculture Joins IFOAM - Organics International

BAS News - 2017-09-20 12:16
ERBIL — Ministry of Agriculture of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) joined The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM - Organics International), the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic agriculture movement. KRG’s ...

Baghdad ready for conditional talks with KRG over referendum: expert

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 12:04
A political expert has stated that the central government of Iraq in Baghdad is ready to discuss the independence of the northern region of Kurdistan if the northern province of Kirkuk is not included in the Kurdish referendum vote set for September 25. ...

Turkish jets hit PKK camps in Kurdistan Region

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
Turkish warplanes struck camps belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and ammunition storages in the Kurdistan Region on Tuesday, September 19, the Turkish military said in a statement. ...

No forces are allowed in Kirkuk, official tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that the situation in the Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq and the capital of Kirkuk province, is stable after clashes on Monday in a rally supporting the referendum of Kurdistan Region, set for Septe ...

EU-UNESCO Partnership to Support Education in Emergencies in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-19 22:33
ERBIL, (UNESCO) — introduces the European Union funded project “Access to Inclusive Quality Primary and Secondary Education for IDPs and Refugees in Crisis Affected Areas of Iraq” in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The project will focus on strengthening g ...

Macron: France Won’t Stand Against Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-19 20:49
ERBIL — President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Tuesday that his country will not oppose to Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum scheduled for next week. Speaking to reporters on the sideline of the UN’s General Assembly in New York, Macron how ...

Gorran MP Expelled by His Party: Source

BAS News - 2017-09-19 20:17
ERBIL— The Change Movement (Gorran) on Tuesday expelled one of its representatives to Kurdistan Parliament, a Gorran official stated. The official who preferred anonymity told BasNews Gorran's National Council annulled the membership of Rabun Maruf with ...

Abadi Prevents Iraqi President from Attending UNGA Meeting: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-19 19:25
ERBIL— The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not allow for the Iraqi President Fuad Massum to attend the session of the UN General Assembly, according to a Kurdish official. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo member and former Iraqi financ ...

Swedish Ruling Party Voices Support for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-19 18:47
ERBIL— The Social Democratic Party of Sweden on Tuesday voiced support for the imminent referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region (due on Monday), according to media reports. The issue of Kurdistan referendum was on the agenda of the discussions ...

Barzani: We Have the Right Not to Trust Verbal Pledges

BAS News - 2017-09-19 17:57
ERBIL— If the Kurdistan Region leadership receives an alternative for its independence referendum from Baghdad which the international community can guarantee its enforcement, instead of voting to the referendum on September 25, the people of Kurdistan w ...

Iran’s Senior Military Delegation Meets with PKK

BAS News - 2017-09-19 17:22
ERBIL — A senior delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran has reportedly visited Kurdistan Region’s Qandil Mountainous areas where the leadership of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is stationed. The Iranian officials during their covert trip on Monday ...

Kurdistan Referendum Arrangements Completed in Nineveh

BAS News - 2017-09-19 16:39
ERBIL— The preparations for holding the referendum of the independence of the Kurdistan Region in Nineveh province are finished, said the Nineveh chief of the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) of the Kurdistan Region. A report ...
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